Measles Outbreak Traced to Fully Vaccinated Patient for First Time

So that's good news.

A person fully vaccinated against measles has contracted the disease and passed it on to others. The startling case study contradicts received wisdom about the vaccine and suggests that a recent swell of measles outbreaks in developed nations could mean more illnesses even among the vaccinated. [...]

Ultimately, she transmitted the measles to four other people, according to a recent report in Clinical Infectious Diseases that tracked symptoms in the 88 people with whom "Measles Mary" interacted while she was sick. Surprisingly, two of the secondary patients had been fully vaccinated. And although the other two had no record of receiving the vaccine, they both showed signs of previous measles exposure that should have conferred immunity.

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8 Responses:

  1. Wonderful. Here comes super measles

  2. Jon says:

    You know what's bad news? The comments section of the article in the source link. Holy dumb.

  3. Vaccines do not confer immunity, they merely make it more difficult to become infected, that's why herd immunity is so important. If everyone has been given the vaccine it's very difficult for the disease to spread quickly enough to perpetuate itself and eventually it peters out, like polio.